Santa Fe Salad with Cilantro-Lime-Peanut Vinaigrette Recipe

Santa Fe Salad with Cilantro-Lime-Peanut Vinaigrette Recipe

How To Make Santa Fe Salad with Cilantro-Lime-Peanut Vinaigrette

This Santa Fe salad bowl contains a healthy mix of fresh greens, chicken bites, and a blended zesty dressing with earthy and nutty flavors from sesame oil.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 4chicken breasts,boneless, skinless
  • ½cupteriyaki marinade
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1headlettuce,romaine or leaf
  • 1large tomato,diced
  • 1canblack beans,(15 oz), rinsed
  • 1canwhole kernel corn,(16 oz), drained
  • 1cupfresh cilantro,stems cut off
  • cupsmonterrey jack cheese,grated
  • 2cupstoasted corn tortilla strips

For Cilantro-lime-peanut Vinaigrette:

  • ½cupolive oil
  • ¼cupfresh cilantro
  • ¼cuppeanut butter
  • 3garlic cloves,peeled and smashed
  • 1tbspbrown sugar
  • 1tbspred wine vinegar
  • 1tbsplime juice
  • 1tsplime zest,approx. zest of one lime
  • 1tspsesame oil


  1. To make the vinaigrette, mix the first eight ingredients in a food processor. Then slowly add olive oil to the mixture, and blend until smooth. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  2. To prepare salad, marinate chicken for about 1 hour in teriyaki marinade in a gallon-size plastic bag or bowl. Once it is ready, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken for about 7 to 10 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. Remove and let cool, then slice into thin strips.

  3. While chicken is cooking, wash and dry the lettuce, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Mix in cilantro, corn, beans, and tomatoes.

  4. Divide the mixture between the four plates, and top each salad with chicken, cheese, then tortilla strips. Dress with vinaigrette, and finish with freshly ground black pepper.


  • Calories: 801.68kcal
  • Fat: 54.79g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.38g
  • Trans Fat: 0.14g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 28.65g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.73g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.51g
  • Fiber: 8.12g
  • Sugar: 5.05g
  • Protein: 41.99g
  • Cholesterol: 103.61mg
  • Sodium: 506.74mg
  • Calcium: 331.18mg
  • Potassium: 814.43mg
  • Iron: 3.68mg
  • Vitamin A: 162.64µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.81mg
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